Joined by ‘Fighter and The Kid’ duo Brendan Schaub and Bryan Callen on his podcast, Joe Rogan further discussed the possibilities surrounding a potential Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight.
While most in the sport remain understandably skeptical of a boxing match taking place between boxing great Floyd Mayweather and MMA superstar Conor McGregor, ex-UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub echoed fellow former fighter Chael Sonnen while discussing the topic on the Joe Rogan Experience.
As Sonnen pointed out, Floyd’s conduct in consistently mentioning McGregor in a competitive capacity has lended the rumours some very slight credence.
“In fighting, as in politics, you never punch down.”, Chael said last week.
“If you’re President of the United States, you do not respond to a Governor. Now the Governor might punch forward and talk about the President, but you do not punch down.
So if you’re Conor McGregor, you might go after Floyd Mayweather. [Floyd is] the biggest draw in combat sports – King of the world. Now if Conor was talking about him, you could dismiss the whole thing…but Floyd’s the one talking about Conor. He talked about him first. Floyd’s not gonna punch backwards.”
“The Floyd and Conor thing does kinda have legs, you know why?”, Schaub asked. “Because Floyd wants it.”
The usually excitable Rogan isn’t buying it. In disagreeing with Schaub, the UFC commentator is adamant that the notoriously strict company won’t allow the crossover clash to take place.
“The only reason I disagree with you there is because Dana White said; ‘If Floyd wants to make that fight happen – call me’.”, Schaub replied.
“Dana’s a businessman, and they care about money. You know how big that fight would be? Biggest pay-per-view of all time. Easily! Conor’s the biggest draw in the UFC; Floyd’s the biggest pay-per-view draw in the world. Mix the two worlds together and everyone would tune in – including your Dad.”
Playing the part of the audience surrogate, Bryan Callen questioned the legitimacy of both the event and the fight itself as a competition. Schaub feels that the business opportunity available to all involved may prove far too much of a lure to resist.
“All Floyd, Dana White and Conor are concerned about is money and numbers. It would break Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, I guarantee you.”
With a reported 4.6m pay-per-view buy rate for ‘May/Pac’ last year, such potential numbers may see careful consideration given to such a prospect.
As for the action in the ring, Rogan outlined why the bout may not necessarily be an embarrassment, with Callen believing that the 49-0 undefeated Mayweather could knock out the UFC featherweight champion whenever he wishes.
“Floyd has broken his hands many times. He’s not known for uncorking all of his might and knocking guys out.”, Rogan responded.
Schaub added: “If I’m Conor’s coach, I’m telling him not to stay on the outside and to not be afraid to close him down like Maidana did in their first fight. He’s much bigger than Floyd.”